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The Cares Gorge Trail is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cabrales, Asturias, Spain that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 13.3 mi Elevation gain 6,715 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Cave

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

Historic site

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The Cares Trail or Ruta del Cares (or locally known as Garganta del Cares) is one of the most popular hikes in the Picos de Europa. You can start the trail either in Caín or Poncebos. The trail follows the Cares river through the Cantabrian Mountains, and is considered one of the most beautiful trails in Spain. You will pass through rocky terrain, little caves, over bridges and by mountain goats. The mountains towering over the trail are made from grey Limestone. The trail is straightforward going straight through the gorge and back. After the first seven miles through the gorge you can stop in town and get lunch and refreshments and take in the beautiful surroundings. Then you will take the same route back to where you started. There are several trails in the areas surrounding Caín or Poncebos. If you choose to do this hike you can plan several hiking days in the area.

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Patricia Roque
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Beautiful landscape. What I liked most was walking parallel to the river. I recommend proper shoes, a hat, lots of water and snacks. I think it is important to choose a month in which the heat is not suffocating, for example in May. Watch out for loose stones. Very busy path there are stretches where we have to stop to give way to those who come in the opposite direction.

Sally Gupton
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Incredible hike. Be careful with footing, extremely rugged with small rocks that move under your feet. Can get really hit, no shade. Hike early morning or late evening avoiding noon day sun if possible. If your staying at hostel on other end, plan for plenty of time. They stop serving dinner fairly early. I’ll never forget the views...to die for. Rewarding hike. Goats greet you and old ruins to explore.

Mark Gaidansky
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HikingRocky

Beautiful but overcrowded even in early March

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Victor Kowalczuk
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Hiking

Impressive trail. It has amazing views while you walk above the river. Did that with my girlfriend and our dog.

Michael Kreha
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Hiking

This is of the Cares gorge from Poncebos and down the sketchy side trail to the river after 45 mins of good climbing. It’s worth seeing the peaks and the gorge trail. After, we hiked to Bulnes which has great food and is arguable just as good a trail (with great elevation), although not as long. We explored both gorges, and damn are they beautiful.

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Jim Knoer
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Hiking

Wow! We did it in the opposite direction. Flat and easy walking. Lots of people, but if you are in the area, this is a must. Go off trail and get closer to the river on the Poncebos side. You can see this trail on AllTrails. It looks sketchy, but is very doable.

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Jonathan McGill
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Hiking

Breathtaking views as the trail cuts through the hills, fairly busy route we went early September on a weekday so there were fewer people. We saw a 4 Ibex up close.

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Clifton Meek
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Hiking

Incredible trail with views in every direction. Difficult only for length, but mostly easy and flat except for the first forty minutes from Poncebos. We are relatively fit and whole trail took us 6 hours, including plenty of time to take pictures and a stop for lunch in Caín. There were a number of 60+ yo doing the trail as well without problem. The views are so spectacular the whole time that you don’t notice the time going by. It definitely did not feel like 24 km. For best light for pictures start by 10 am on the Poncebos side and hike back in the afternoon from Caín. To park in Poncebos, drive up to trailhead, then turn around and take first available parking. Very popular route, so best to do on a weekday in off-season. Avoid July and August.

Igor Birman
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Hiking

Very exciting trail!!! About 24 km back and forth mostly flat, but the views amazing. .

Tomas Enrique Alonso Paul
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Hiking

beautiful but overcrowded

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Jerry Weidema
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail with different kind of views and levels of paths. From Poncebos, the first 45 minutes are a good climb and after the highest point of Caolos the route goes down slightly. The route is located very high above the river and offers you a very good view of the valley and the mountains, which are astonishing when the sun is shining. It's recommended to stay the night in Cain and walk back the next morning! Walked from the other side the route is a different experience, so it's no problem to go back and forth. On the road you get company from a lot of goats, we counted 133!

Sam Schmutz
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Hiking

This is a great trail. I visited my friend from San Sebastian and his friends and family had all done this trail. It is a local favorite. They recommended that we stay in Potes and then drive to Cain to begin the trail. We hiked from Cain to Poncebos. In Poncebos we got a tasty lunch and drank some beers, then we chilled by the river before hiking back. We came across a lot of mountain goats. The gorge is incredible with dramatic views of the limestone rock shooting up into the sky. I highly recommend this trail it was incredible and I'd love to go back and do the trails in the surrounding area. My friend said this trail can get super crowded during the high season, but it wasn't too crowded in April. We saw about a dozen people over the 14 miles.

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Wendy S
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Lovely scenic hike

Corey Craig
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Hiking

Amazing views of a deep limestone gorge from start to finish. The only challenge at all is the length. There is a taxi or bus service available at either end if you decide not to do the exact same walk back. But it is worth it to go both ways, the steep walls and all the twists and turns provide new views going the opposite way.

Danish Aleemullah
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Hiking

This is an amazing hike with awesome views, highly recommend doing this if you are in Austurias We just did this (end of May) and it was a cloudy day with light drizzle, all very manageable with a down jacket or raincoat. Amazing views everywhere and for parts of the hike the clouds would engulf the area we were hiking. Trail is very clear and apparent, you cannot get lost Also saw lots of mountain goats, they are not aggressive at all and will usually walk/run away when you get close to them My wife and I are in OK shape and each way was around 3.5hrs (incl photos), so 7hrs in total. No toilets or drinking water along the trail that we saw, but there are restaurants and cafes at each town at the start and end of the trail where you can use the bathroom or buy water, food, etc Ps. If you start at Pescabos, the trail is actually on your right hand side going up the side of the mountain quite steeply for the first 45mins (fairly flattish after that). Don’t go on the flat road in the middle, don’t think that leads anywhere

Giedo Schijf
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Walking

beautiful walk in the picos..if your there go do it!

Olivia Chang
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Amazing views! Long but mostly flat apart from the first 45 min or so. Well worth it!

Ruben Bravo Ruiz
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Joseph Fader
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Harjit Singh
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Ivo Duarte
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Brian Lackey
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Ignacio Vidaguren
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Josh DeSipio
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Anthony Prenni
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Jose Martin de Vidales Biurrun
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Malcolm Clerc
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Carlos Plaza Esteban
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Manfred Rohde
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